FIGURE: STRUCTURE AND PAINT — Catherine Kehoe
The links are suggestions; you can purchase supplies from your preferred source.
Pencils. Any 2B or softer pencil, or a mechanical pencil, is fine.
Eraser. Retractable erasers are handy for erasing pencil, but any white plastic eraser works.
Drawing paper. Lightweight paper (copy paper, newsprint, etc.) for analytical drawing. About 9x12 or 11x14
Transfer paper. For transferring drawings to a painting support. Comes in rolls in several colors.
Drawing board. About 11x14 inches or similar, depending on the size you will work. Don’t bring a giant drawing board.
Straight edge/rulers. A 6” ruler and a 12” ruler
Paper towel. Bounty, Viva or your choice. Or clean rags.
Surfaces to paint on. Bring two, and one or two extras in case you have time to do more.
• Primed panels, canvas, linen, paper, etc. are fine. Try toning your support in advance for a neutral, medium-value surface. (Starting on a white ground can throw off the values, causing us to key everything too light) A thin wash of acrylic paint can work well for toning the support.
• Arches makes a paper suitable for oil painting:
• Carton board painting supports are economical and take up little space. Is somewhat absorbent. If you find it too absorbent, you can put on a thin coat of clear gesso or matt medium.
Size of painting support. Up to 11x14 inches. 8x10 or 9x12 or similar is good.
Palette. 12x16 inches or so is a good size. Can be glass, wood, etc. Here is a link to a gray palette paper pad that can be handy for workshop use.
Palette box. Here is an optional airtight palette container that keeps the paint on your palette fresh for days. It is 12”x16” It is not a palette but rather an airtight box to store your palette and keep your paint from drying. This one is for oil paint.
A palette knife is necessary for mixing paint. This one is the best.
Choose the offset 4 1/2 x 5/8 inch version.
Solvent Use odlorless Gamsol.
Palette cups Small metal cups [one for medium (optional), one for solvent.] Solvent is used only for cleaning brushes, not for diluting paint. You can purchase cups that hook onto your palette. Some have screw-on caps.
Medium. If you want to use a medium to loosen the paint a little, you can try a simple, traditional medium of 4 parts Gamsol to one part stand oil (or one part linseed oil). Mix them together in a small non-glass jar or squeeze bottle (shampoo bottle). Or try Solvent-Free Gel by Gamblin. Please do not use a medium with damar, or any medium that has a strong odor. Some people have sensitivity to solvents and mediums with a strong odor; if a room full of people uses these products, we can all feel sick in a short time.
Paint brushes. Flat brushes in the Bright shape are good. Sizes: 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch.
Synthetic, nylon, bristle, sable, inexpensive. Whatever you have on hand or prefer.
Disposable bag Use to put soiled rags in before disposal.
Oil paint Medium-price paints, like Gamblin or Winsor & Newton, are fine. Old Holland and Williamsburg paints are good and expensive. You probably have your own palette of colors you like to use. Feel free to bring them, and add any of the following colors if you have not used them.
Suggested list of colors:
For Saturday (choose one pair):
1. cadmium lemon OR cadmium yellow light AND dioxazine violet
2. Cadmium red light AND cobalt teal
3. Alizarin crimson (any brand) AND cadmium green pale (Winsor Newton)
Sunday’s exercise will also be done in oil.
Two yellows, two reds and two blues:
Yellows: Indian yellow, cadmium yellow light
Reds: Cadmium red light (any brand) or Cadmium scarlet (Winsor & Newton)
alizarin crimson permanent OR perylene crimson
Blues: ultramarine blue OR cobalt blue
cobalt teal (Gamblin or Williamsburg)
cadmium green pale (Winsor & Newton) Important for skin
PLEASE DO NOT BRING EARTH COLORS. No yellow ochre, naples yellow, burnt umber, burnt sienna, raw sienna, etc.